Fifty people have been pulled out of the debris of Xinjia Hotel in Licheng District in the city of Quanzhou by 2pm on Monday and among them, 11 have died, said the rescue headquarters.
The rescuers found a mother and her child in the rubble at 8.18pm. Efforts are underway to rescue them.
"We had just finished lunch when the building suddenly sank," said Dong Lin, a guest in room 506. "I thought it was an earthquake. Before I reacted, the whole building collapsed. I called out to my wife but I couldn't find her."
"She was stuck right next to me but my whole lower body couldn't move," Dong said.
After being trapped for more than three hours, Dong and his wife were rescued and sent to hospital.
"Hearing the arrival of the rescue workers, I felt there was hope I would survive," he said.
At the time of the collapse, a total of 71 people were trapped and nine more managed to escape themselves. Twenty-one individuals remain trapped as rescue efforts are ongoing.
A preliminary investigation showed the hotel building was being decorated when the accident occurred and the owner of the building has been put under police control.
Construction of the building, with a floor area of 7,000 square meters, began in 2013. It was converted into a hotel in 2018 with 66 rooms. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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